Teaching

Graduate courses are taught through the Ecology & Evolution Graduate Program, and undergraduate courses through the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources (DEENR).

Conservation Ecology 11:216:317 (undergraduate course)

This is a writing- and reading- based course in which students will become familiar with the major environmental challenges of our time, including species extinctions, terrestrial and marine habitat destruction, climate change, invasive species, and the environmental consequences of food and energy systems. Typically 50 pages of reading per week and weekly writing assignments.  3 credits. Spring semester, Wednesdays 9:15 – 12:15, 123 ENR. Fulfills SEBS/SAS Core Curriculum requirement in 21st Century Challenges, and in Writing and Communication.
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Advanced Ecological Data Analysis 16:215:599 (graduate course)

Data science and statistical analysis in R for researchers. Data cleaning and management, GLM, GLMM, GAM, likelihood, spatial statistics. Topics vary somewhat depending on student interest. Alternate years, Mondays 9:15 – 12:15, 123 ENR. Co-taught by Olaf Jensen, Malin Pinsky, and Rachael Winfree
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Syllabus

Foundations of Ecology 16:215:598 (graduate course)

This course is designed for first- and second-year graduate students, but is also open to advanced undergraduates. An overview of major topics in ecology, including biodiversity, biogeography, life history,  species interactions, global change, and conservation. Assignments include weekly readings from the primary literature, grant proposal / research paper, and oral presentation. 3 credits. Alternate years, Wednesdays 9:15-12:15, 145 ENR.

Syllabus


Student Letters of Recommendation

Note for all students about requesting letters of recommendation: please send me an email at least 3 weeks before the letter due date with the subject line ‘letter of recommendation due [due date]’. In the body of the email include the email address or web site where I need to submit the letter,  the link to the program or grant you are applying for, your CV and/or other important application materials, and a brief explanation of why you want to apply.  If you follow these instructions, your letter will be submitted on time and there is no need to contact me with reminders. If you do not follow these instructions, it is unlikely that your letter will be submitted on time.


 

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